Council Race Heads to Runoff in Adak

Wednesday, October 22 2014

Four candidates were vying a seat on Adak’s city council in the Oct. 7 election. But when the ballots were counted, no one had enough votes to cement a victory -- and there was a tie for second place.

Clinic Shares Ebola Response Plans

Wednesday, October 22 2014

Tuesday's meeting on the city's Ebola preparedness drew a standing room-only crowd to City Hall. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Concerns about Ebola are running high in Unalaska, with residents seeking reassurance about how they'd be affected by an outbreak.

On Tuesday night, the city held a public meeting to make their emergency plans clear. 

It’s rare to see more than a handful of people turn out for a public meeting in Unalaska. But at the panel on Ebola preparedness, more than 75 people packed into City Hall. 

Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Crabber

Tuesday, October 21 2014

Just days after crab season kicked off, the Coast Guard was called to airlift an injured fisherman this weekend.

The man was loading gear aboard the F/V Icy Mist on Sunday when he was struck by a crab pot. His arm and leg were hurt badly enough that a Coast Guard duty surgeon recommended a medevac.

The Icy Mist was about 150 miles south of Sand Point -- hours away from the nearest flight base.

Clinic to Address Ebola Fears at Public Meeting

Tuesday, October 21 2014

Public health agencies have been on alert since the first cases of the Ebola virus appeared in the United States this month.

In Unalaska, those concerns are amplified by the town’s unique geography and large, international workforce.

Ann Nora Ehret is the medical director for Iliuliuk Family & Health Services. She says they've fielded a lot of calls from worried residents, asking about their plans for preventing an outbreak.

False Pass Forges Ahead With Tidal Power

Tuesday, October 21 2014

Courtesy of Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association

The 40-odd residents of False Pass have waited years to find out if their turbulent seas could ever be used as a source of energy. Now, they may finally have an answer -- and a path to renewable power.

Fisherman Dies After Medical Crisis At Sea

Friday, October 17 2014

Credit: Hockema & Whalen Associates

An Unalaska-based fishing vessel lost a crew member this week after a medical emergency on the water.

Jonathan Brown, 44, of Colorado, was working on the F/V Cynosure Wednesday morning when he started showing symptoms from an existing health condition.

The crew took Brown to Atka for treatment at the local clinic. Within a half hour of arriving, Brown had passed away.

The Alaska State Troopers have arranged for an autopsy. But as trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen wrote in an email Friday, they don't suspect foul play.

Fire Department Loses Chief to Ketchikan

Friday, October 17 2014

After two years on the job, Unalaska’s fire chief is stepping down.

Abner Hoage will leave next month to lead the fire department in Ketchikan. KRBD reports that the Ketchikan city council approved the hire on Thursday. 

While their vote for Hoage was unanimous, the chief says he’s had a much harder time deciding to leave Unalaska.

Labor Tensions Boil Over at Delta Western

Thursday, October 16 2014

Delta Western workers protest the firing of a coworker, Mo Reyes (center, in camouflage jacket), outside their Unalaska terminal Thursday. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

Six months ago, Delta Western fuel workers in Unalaska voted to unionize.

This morning, eight of them hit the picket line again -- over managers they say are trying to sidestep union rules. 

Employee Mo Reyes was fired Monday for breaking Delta Western safety rules. He vacuumed out fueling equipment, which managers said could have caused an explosion under the wrong circumstances.

Reyes says his bosses were never that strict before.

Bering Sea Crab Fleet Hopes for Big Haul as Season Begins

Wednesday, October 15 2014

Captain Moore Dye of the F/V Western Mariner gears up for crab season this week in Dutch Harbor. (Annie Ngo/KUCB)

Wednesday marked the opening of the Bering Sea crab season. Quotas are up almost across the board. But one species that usually takes a backseat is outshining the rest -- and that’s got some fishermen changing their game plans.

Two years ago, there was no harvest for Bairdi tanner crab. Without enough legal females in the water, it wasn’t safe to fish. 

When the season reopened last year, the quota was kept low. But now, Bairdi seem to have bounced back.

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